Our new injection service is run by Joanna Gardiner, a chartered physiotherapist who qualified in 1986 and has a great deal of experience in the diagnosis and treatment of Orthopaedic and Musculo-skeletal problems.

She worked in the NHS as a specialist physiotherapist working with Orthopaedic Consultants where she diagnosed orthopaedic and  Musculo-skeletal problems. As part of the Orthopaedic Team, her role included listing patients directly for surgery, administering steroid injections or refering on to Physiotherapy, Orthotics or Podiatry etc.

Since her retirement from the NHS in 2021, she has worked privately from a clinic at her home in Gatley.  Prior to an injection, patients require a definite diagnosis to have been made by either a GP, Consultant or a Physiotherapist.

Jo is a qualified independent prescriber and she can collect your private prescription prior to the injection.

Please consider the information below prior to referring to the injection clinic

Absolute considerationsAdvice/Comment
Hypersensitivity to drugsNo treatment can use steroid alone if allergic to LA
Previous history of anaphylaxisNo treatment
Recent fracture siteNo treatment
Infection – local/joint/systemicNeeds to wait until infection has been cleared and anti-biotic course has been completed
Adjacent osteomyelitisNo treatment

Recent trauma to the affected areaFracture should be eliminated
HaemarthrosisFracture should be eliminated
Concurrent oral steroidsGreater risk of infection
Immunosuppressed/recent history of malignancyGreater risk of infection
Anti-coagulant therapy/bleedingLow dose Asprin is OK. Warfrin patients need INR checking. Greater risk of bleeding therefore firm compression for 10 mins
Poorly controlled diabetesDiabetes needs to be stable. Greater risk of sepsis in diabetics and blood sugars may rise for a few days post in injection
ChildrenConsider alternative treatment for those under the age of 18
PregnancyNot appropriate in the first trimester
Breast feedingRisk of excretion into milk therefore discuss with patient
Psychogenic/anxious patientInjection may make pain appear worse
Spinal/intrathecal injectionRefer back to GP
Prosthetic joinNot appropriate
Large tendinopathies, e.g tendo-achilles, infrapatellar tendonNeed imaging first

Injections covered are
Shoulder Joint OA or Capsulitis (frozen shoulder)
Sub-acromial impingement
Specific rotator cuff strains
Acromio-clavicular, elbow joints
Tennis and Golfer’s elbow
Bicep tendonitis
Wrist, thumb and finger joints
Plantar Fasciatis
De quervains
Trigger finger
Hamstring tendon insertion
Bursitis (trochanteric, olecranon, gluteal, infra-patella, pes anseurine, achilles
Knee joint
Ankle joint
Great toe joint (Hallux valgus and rigidus


The charge for one joint injection is  £120, this would include a telephone consultation, with Jo, before and after the injection.

It may be necessary to bring you into clinic before the injection in order make the correct diagnosis and this would be charged at our usual rates.

Patient injection information

What is a corticosteroid?

A medicine which can relieve swelling, stiffness and pain by reducing inflamation

Is that the same drug that athletes and bodybuilders take?

No. The steroids we inject are completely different and are totally safe.

Why do I need a steroid injection?

Because it will help reduce your pain. You can then start rehabilitation sooner, have fewer treatment sessions and return to normal activities more quickly.

Why don’t I just take anti-inflammatory pills?

You can, but the side effects of these are much more common and can cause stomach upsets and bleeding. These injections bypass the stomach.

Are there times I should not have an injection?

Yes, if you:

Have any infection on your skin or anywhere else in your body
Are allergic to local anaesthetic or steroid
Feel unwell
Are due to have surgery at the area soon
Are pregnant
Are under eighteen
Do not want the injection
What are the possible side effects?

These are very rare and your physiotherapist will discuss them with you:

Flushing of the face after a few hours
Small area of fat loss or a change in colour of the skin around the site
Slight vaginal bleeding
Diabetic patients may notice a temporary increase in insulin levels
Injection: if the area becomes hot, swollen and painful for more than 24 hours you should contact your physiotherapist or doctor immediately.
You will be asked to wait for 30 minutes after the injection to ensure there is no allergic reaction to the drug

How is the injection done?

The skin is cleaned with antiseptic. A needle is gently put into the affected part and the solution is injected through the needle. Shortly after, you will be examined again.

Is the injection painful?

Not particularly, as your physiotherapist has had intensive training in the technique. Sometimes it can be sore for a few hours, but you will be told what to do about this.

How fast does the injection work?

If the local anaesthetic is also used, the pain should be less within a few minutes, though it may return after an hour, just as when you visit the dentist. Usually one injection is sufficient, but if the pain is severe or has been there for a long time, you may need more.

How long does the effect last?

This varies from person to person and the condition being treated, but the steroid usually continues working for three to six weeks

How many injections can I have?

This depends on the part of the body involved and will be decided by your therapist and yourself. Usually one injection is sufficient, but if the pain is severe or has been there for a long time, you may need more.

What should I do after the injection?

If the problem is due to overuse, you will probably be told to rest the area for about a week; if it is a joint pain, you may start early gentle movement.

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